Hi everyone and to my new followers – it has been a few days since my last post and a busy few days – I have been on a bit of a roll and not had time to stop and blog or have been too tired to write anything meaningful. I have been keeping up with you all though even if I haven’t left a comment – Sadie, I love your videos – you are so creative.
Before I go on I must just mention that a few people keep asking me about the capital ‘EA’ in my titles and categories – well I hate to disappoint – there is no profound reason for this – it has no meaning other than I noticed when defining my categories at the very start of my blog that they all contained the letters EA – so nothing more than me having a play around on words. The added advantage is that it does make it unmistakably my blog.
So with that out of the way on with the knit and natter – but without the knitting bit….
Well, I wish I could say that the house is sparkling clean, all the clutter has gone and I am super organised when in fact only parts of the house are clean (maybe not with the sparkle) some of the clutter has gone and I am still trying to be organised.
It all takes time.
On Saturday we had a mammoth outing, a mixture of errands and shopping. It took us most of the day. We off-loaded a couple more bags to the Charity shop, returned the library books, returned a couple of tops to Sainsbury’s, bought some bags of gravel to finish the concrete for the shed base, bought the new brackets to hold the ladder outside on the wall, bought a mattress topper from IKEA and bought a cheap sweatshirt from Primark for DH (probably to mix the concrete in!). At the end of it all we shared a toastie in Costa with my loyalty points, had a hot drink each and a little treat from Next – I bought a (just couldn’t leave it in the shop) grey and white patterned storage jar for my teabags to keep on the counter top, £6 and DH found a mechanical pencil reduced in the sale in the Paperchase concession shop for £4.
We managed to do all this without paying for any parking and came home happy, but tired bunnies.
Further progress has been made in the home office / craft room well that is what we call it but it is actually masquerading as a paper mountain – or is it a paper mountain masquerading as a home office? How can two fairly simple lives collect such a lot of paper – I feel we are drowning in the stuff. This is just a bit of it.Piece by piece I have tackled pile after pile. I have reduced my craft folder clippings to only those ideas I know I might make at sometime, the recipes ditto. I threw out all but a few of my clippings on health, diet and exercise; ditto the clippings of kitchens, decorating ideas and home styling. And some more books to go. I washed the rest of the vintage doilies and mats that came from my mum’s house – keeping any I thought I might use in some way in future and the rest will go to the CS.
I have made soup, soup and more soup – mushroom, leek and potato, green veg and the latest was tomato – all delicious and so quick and easy to make. My lovely neighbour gave me these – the last of her tomatoes from her outdoor plants so I will be making more of this during the week and looking to grow some myself next year.
I did a thorough clean of the living room and cleared out or rearranged a few ornaments …– my one piece of Autumn decor is a tiny pine cone on the mantel piece, my new hand-made ‘crafty’ vase from Dunoon containing a dried hydrangea head and a bamboo plate displaying a few Autumn nature table finds – subtle but simple.
I am rather liking the minimalist approach and I won’t have to store any of it in fact it will compost very well.
Remember my new routines that I am setting up – they are not going too badly. In fact I surprise myself sometimes. So far I have attended to my emails and finances every morning – we should make it to pay-day on Friday (if that is what you call collecting the state pension) although we don’t actually have to queue up and collect it, it is just deposited in our bank. Nothing to spare though this month which is a bit disappointing; C+ for effort but must try harder next month.
The food shopping is working out at about £50 week with one week a little more when I bought toilet rolls and some multiples of items on offer and a load of nuts for the Christmas nut loaves, chocolates and cake. I had a full refund on the M&S potatoes as there were so many bad ones in the bag I took them back. I am going to aim for £45 a week for the groceries next month.
The unexpected items this month – the gravel and cement for the gap above (how six bags of gravel can fit into such a small space is amazing), ladder brackets, car bulbs and the mattress topper (which is actually for my daughter’s bed not ours so I can get a good nights sleep when we stay there!). Baby still not appeared and we live in hope it will come soon.
I am already thinking about the November expenses – 4 birthdays and a wedding anniversary – no funerals (that I know of) – but there could be a 5th birthday of course if someone doesn’t get a move on.
Oh and did I mention the cheque for the tax refund came yesterday – how is that for service – quicker than my posts that’s for sure. DH has a nice letter too from the tax man – after my phone call last week to the inland revenue he has been given part of my tax allowance for the year under the new married tax allowance rules to reduce his tax bill – such is love!
Not much more to say – it has been windy here in Yorkshire but good for drying the washing.
Have a good week who knows I might find time between paper sorting to post again soon x